We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Wasn't blown away...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge

Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge
119 Central Way SW, Banner Elk, NC 28604
828 898-4242
Improve this listing
Ranked #9 of 42 Restaurants in Banner Elk
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Wilmington, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Wasn't blown away...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

For a restaurant that does their best to showcase their desserts, they're not that good. Charging $10 for a slice of chocolate cake is just awful when it's not that good! Also, we weren't that impressed w/ the food on the whole. Definitely skip the salad bar. The service was wonderful, though. It just wasn't anything special.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

221 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    94
    76
    32
    10
    9
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Banner Elk, North Carolina, United States
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A must stop in Banner Elk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Whatever the time of day, the Cafe is the right place. Breakfest is always good, and I just have to order the Banner Elk Cafe Burger at lunch. We like to go on the nights that they have entertainment that we enjoy with our meal. We especially enjoy the Kimmels "Vintage" when thay are the show.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“This restaurant should have 5 stars.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Best customer service in the area. Chili was an 8 on scale of 1-10. Kids hamburger and popcorn shrimp a 10. Pinto beans and collard greens 10. Desserts looked wonderful.

Chris our server was outstanding!

Too bad Trip Advisor rating was not 5 stars or we would have eaten there last night too.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
North Carolina
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“great local restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We loved this place. There is a wide variety of foods to choose from. I loved the mountain trout and fried asparagus. My husband likes the blackened Mahi. Teresa was a great waitress! Once I got the porkchop and it was cooked pretty rare. I wouldn't recommend it. The desserts are wonderful! We enjoy the tres leches dessert.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Greensboro, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“good breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

There is hardly nowhere to eat breakfast around this area in March. We found Banner Elk Cafe- Food was good- It took a while for server to come over and a while to get food though due to it being crowded.

Visited March 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge also viewed

Banner Elk, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
 
Banner Elk, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
Banner Elk, North Carolina Smoky Mountains
 

Been to Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Banner Elk Cafe & Lodge, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.